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Chair's Welcome

As the new Chair of the NSSC Network, I welcome this opportunity to highlight the achievements of the International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centres (NSSC Network) since the previous publication of this Newsletter in April 2022.

From 29 May through 2 June, we conducted the Regional Workshop on Establishing and Operating a National Nuclear Security Support Centre (NSSC) based on the systematic approach outlined in IAEA-TDL-010 at the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) in Cairo, Egypt. This pilot workshop engaged 25 participants from 16 African countries in interactive, scenario-based discussions that emphasized the importance of and process for NSSC stakeholder identification, assessing available resources and nuclear security needs and developing a strategy implementation plan. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Working Group B for their leading effort to develop the training material for this pilot workshop. As a result of the success of this workshop, the Working Group A 2022-2023 Action Plan includes the conduct of an instructor training course targeting the development of an instructor cadre from operational NSSCs that will support two regional workshops in 2023 for the Asia and the Pacific and Latin America regions. Further detail on the results of the pilot workshop were highlighted during the 2022 Annual Meeting and in the In Focus article of this issue of the NSSC Network Newsletter.


Patricia O’Brien
NSSC Network Chair, United States Department of Energy / National Nuclear Security Administration

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Strengthening Nuclear Security Regimes in Africa: Egypt Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority Hosts IAEA Pilot Workshop on Establishing and Operating a National Nuclear Security Support Centre

Mahmoud Gad, Head of Nuclear Security Department, Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA)

Moustafa Ahmed, Head of Technical Support and Laboratories Department, Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA)
The pilot workshop was held on 29 May – 2 June and provided practical training on a systematic approach to planning, establishing and operating a national Nuclear Security Support Centre (NSSC) and was offered to members of the NSSC Network. The workshop emphasized the importance of and process for identification of potential NSSC stakeholders, assessing available resources and nuclear security needs and developing a strategy implementation plan. The workshop focused on harnessing the role of an NSSC in supporting competent authorities, authorized persons and other organizations with nuclear security responsibilities in sustaining the national nuclear security regime, at both the national and operational levels.
In 2020 IAEA-TDL-010, “Establishing and Operating a National Nuclear Security Support Centre,” was published as technical guidance detailing the means to develop and strengthen the sustainability of nuclear security regimes. Following this publication, a group of NSSC Network experts from Working Group A worked with the IAEA to design the workshop and experts from Working Group B developed the training materials.
The pilot workshop was hosted by the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Authority / Egyptian Nuclear Security Support Centre (ENRRA/ENSSC) that since 2012 provides support to Egypt’s national stakeholders with nuclear responsibilities in all three core functions of an NSSC, including human resource development, specifically through the provision of a national nuclear security training programme; technical support services for nuclear security equipment lifecycle management; and scientific support services for provision of expert advice, analysis and research and development for nuclear security.
The ENSSC is a hub that provides training and technical support to all stakeholders involved in the national nuclear security regime through the implementation of the country’s Nuclear Security Support Plan, the operation of the centre has been significantly upgraded. In addition to the train of trainers’ modules, all programmes provided by the centre are delivered in two languages, Arabic and English. Hosting this workshop provided ENRRA/ENSSC with the opportunity to showcase to NSSC Network members the progress made in developing the centre over the past five years.

Participants conduct an initial overall human resources and training needs analysis in the context of the hypothetical scenario-based discussion (Credit: H. Nagy/Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority)

These news stories either highlight NSSC Network members at work in the field, or provide information on subjects relevant to the Network.

International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centres Marks 10 Years of Progress and Achievements

Representatives from several of the 66 member countries of the International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centres (NSSC Network) came together last week to mark 10 years of working together to bolster the sustainability of national nuclear security regimes around the world.


International Technical Exchanges on the Security of Radioactive Material

“All about the security of radioactive material.” This motto captures the discussions recently held among the IAEA experts and the working group on radioactive material security (WGRMS), who covered a range of issues related to the protection and control of radioactive material, towards promoting and enhancing nuclear security worldwide.


Nuclear Security at Major Public Events: IAEA Marks 18 Years of Helping Countries Address Security Threats

Whether it is an international sporting event, a political summit, or a high-profile conference and exhibition, all major public events require an overall security plan that includes nuclear security measures. Since the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, the IAEA has provided support for 68 events in 43 countries to enhance their readiness to counteract potential nuclear security threats.


New CRP: Nuclear Forensics Science to Strengthen the Connection Between the Radiological Crime Scene and the Nuclear Forensics Laboratory (J02020)

The IAEA is launching a three-year Coordinated Research Project (CRP) in nuclear forensics science and radiological crime scene management with the aim of deterring the illicit trafficking of nuclear or other radioactive material.


Radioactive Sources Experts Gather to Discuss Safety and Security

“Radioactive sources are all around us, offering immense societal and economic benefits, but they may also pose a risk. Managing these sources well, protects us from accidental radiation exposure and keeps them away from people with malicious intent,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi at the opening of the International Conference on Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources – Accomplishments and Future Endeavours. Through a video message, the Director General welcomed over 600 participants to the five-day gathering, the first of its kind to be held since 2013.


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Events and Activities

Upcoming network events

Consultancy Meeting of the Bureau of the NSSC Network (Hybrid)
5–7 December 2022, Vienna, Austria / Webex
Training Course for Instructors on Establishing and Operating a National Nuclear Security Support Centre
9–13 January 2023, Vienna, Austria
Annual Meeting of the NSSC Network
20–24 February 2023, Chonburi (North Pattaya), Thailand

Recent member activities*

Ukraine, GKTC: National Training Course on the Regime of Nuclear Non-proliferation and its Support
06­­­­­­–10 June 2022, Kyiv, Ukraine

Morocco, CNESTEN: National Workshop on Fundamentals of NMAC for nuclear security at research reactors
27–29 June 2022, Rabat, Morocco

Lithuania, NSCOE: Radiological Crime Scene Management for Ukraine Law Enforcement and Investigators
12–14 July 2022, Medininkai, Vilnius District, Lithuania

Thailand, OAP: National Workshop on Engagement and Transportation Assessment Collaboration
01–04 August 2022, Bangkok, Thailand

Malaysia, NSSC Malaysia: National Training Course on Radiation Detection Equipment – Teletector, PRD, RID & BRD
23–25 August 2022, Selangor, Malaysia

Kazakhstan, NSTC: Regional Workshop on Developing a National Framework for Managing the Response to Criminal or Intentional Unauthorized Acts involving Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material
19–23 September 2022, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Japan, ISCN: Regional Training Course on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Facilities
17–28 October 2022, Ibaraki, Japan 

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IAEA Nuclear Safety and Security Glossary

Terminology Used in Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Security, Radiation Protection and Emergency Preparedness and Response

2022 (Interim) Edition

The IAEA Nuclear Safety and Security Glossary, 2022 (Interim) Edition, defines and explains technical terms used in IAEA safety standards and nuclear security guidance and other safety and security related IAEA publications, and provides information on their usage. It includes terms and definitions that have been established in IAEA safety standards and nuclear security guidance issued and approved up to 2022. The primary purpose of the publication is to promote consistency of terminology and usage. The glossary provides guidance for drafters and reviewers of safety standards, nuclear security guidance and other publications and is a source of information for users of these publications.
Network Event Data
85 events from 1 April–31 October 2022
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